Brian M. Raftery
February 04, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

That’s gotta smart: In front of 33 million viewers, Brian Fodera, age 24, of Newton, Mass., blew the famously easy $100 question on the Jan. 20 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. (Question: What did Little Jack Horner pull from a pie? Fodera’s answer: Blackbird. The correct answer: Plum.) “People who know me rush to say, ‘He’s not an idiot,'” says the good-humored legal specialist. “But my pride hurts.” Ever helpful, EW lets Fodera strut his stuff with our own little quiz show.

Who is the host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? A) Regis Philbin B) Chuck Barris C) Denzel Washington D) Jessica Rabbit Fodera: “I was a huge Chuck Barris fan back in the day, but I know it’s Regis.”

Which network airs Millionaire? A) ABC B) Nick at Nite C) Animal Planet D) Classic Sports Network Fodera: “Based on my [nursery rhyme] question, Nick at Nite sounds reasonable, but it’s ABC.”

Humpty-Dumpty sat on… A) A tuffet B) A wall C) A La-Z-Boy [TM] D) Regis Philbin Fodera (apparently empathizing): “Sat on a wall, had a great fall.”

Dialectical materialism is a philosophy of… A) Friedrich Nietzsche B) Carl Jung C) Karl Marx D) FM popster Richard Marx Fodera: “Karl Marx. It’s harder when you don’t see the choices in front of you. Then again, when you do see the choices, it’s not necessarily easy, as I’ve proven.”

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